Turn Down for What? Chinese Skyscraper comes with its own Waterfall

As more skyscrapers rise to fill the skylines of Chinese cities, it’s getting harder to come up with original designs to stand out.

That prompted a novel idea: How about a 350-foot waterfall on one side of the building?

The waterfall was built as part of the Liebian Building in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwest China. The 397-ft. tall building is located at a public plaza in the city’s central business district.

According to the local media houses, the waterfall has generated some local controversy because the electricity needed to power its four pumps costs 800 yuan, or about $118, per hour

For that reason, the waterfall is to only be used with recycled water and on special occasions — and even then for just 10-20 minutes at a time.

Still, the structure has proven to be a tourist attraction as well as a symbol—an occasionally surprising one—for the city.

When the cascading waterfall made its debut on the nearly 400-foot tall building some locals thought there had actually been a terrible accident.

People in the southwestern city of Guiyang telephoned newspapers to report what they believed was a massive water leak,” the Times of the U.K. reported.

The company released a YouTube of the elegantly flowing waterfall on the glass structure to showcase their new feature — and claim its a refreshing attraction in the heat of the summer as the water sprays into the surrounding area.


The water we use is recycled underground tap water, some rainwater or other channels of water,” a rep for Guizhou Ludiya Property Management said.

We have four underground water storage and drainage systems. The water is pumped from the negative four-tier reservoir, and then recycled.”

There’s also a rainbow that naturally reflects off the water as it shoots down from the sky.

Author: Brian Gachie